Ramadan begins in Nigeria on Saturday: Sultan

Nigerian Muslims will begin their Ramadan fast on Saturday, Sultan of Sokoto Saad Abubakar announced on Friday. Mr Abubakar, who is the president of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs of Nigeria (NSCIA) had this to say in an announcement Friday night on NTA. The announcement followed the sighting of the crescent moon on Friday at different locations in Nigeria. according to the National Committee for the Observation of the Moon. The sultan said that he congratulates the entire Muslim community for fasting Ramadan. He prayed that Allah spare the lives of all Muslims to participate in the “ibaadah exercise and to maximize the benefits of it.” It is the saying of the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (peace be upon him) that “the fast of Ramadan should be started and completed on the basis of the sighting of the crescent moon”. Nigerian Muslims thus join their counterparts in Saudi Arabia and other countries in beginning the fast from Saturday. Ramadan is the ninth lunar month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims around the world observe it as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection, and assistance to those in need. ALSO READ: Saudi Arabia begins Ramadan on Saturday as Nigerian Muslims wait for the crescent moon During the period, Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, and sexual activities from dawn to dusk for 29 or 30 days, depending on when a new crescent moon is sighted. The sighting of the new moon, after Ramadan, marks the beginning of another month, Shawwal and the celebration of the Islamic festival, Eid-L-Fitr. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Ramadan begins in Nigeria on Saturday: Sultan